Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bit O'Blarney Jello Candied Popcorn

I seem to be drawn to Jello around St. Patrick's Day, it must be that perfect green color! This Bit O'Blarney Jello Candied Popcorn is a fun play on Cracker Jacks using peanuts (or cashews, or no nuts at all) and Lime Jello. Gotta say, I did really enjoy this one myself!
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The 8 year old across the street felt "Leprechaun Boogers" was an equally appropriate name... 
I'll let you call it what you wish, you know your crowd:@)

Note: Do I think kids can help make this one? No, melted sugar is extremely hot, just let them enjoy it!

Jello Rainbow Popcorn-from Kraft
8 C popped popcorn
1 C salted peanuts or cashews-optional
1/4 C butter
3 Tblsp light corn syrup
1/2 C brown sugar or white sugar-I used white
1 small box Jello, lime-or you could use other flavors/colors
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees, line a sheet pan with foil or wax paper. Reynolds Release or silicone is best.
  2. Toss popcorn and peanuts in large bowl, I just mix it all on the sheet pan.
  3. Place butter and corn syrup in small pan, heat on low until butter is melted.
  4. Add sugar and Jello, stir until Jello has dissolved.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Pour immediately over popcorn, toss well to coat. This is why I mix it on the sheet pan, I can drizzle it over as much popcorn as possible.
  7. Put popcorn on sheet pan and spread out using 2 forks.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes-I suggest stirring it halfway, remove from oven, cool completely, break apart and store in an air tight container.
For more Jello ideas you can check out these posts:

Jello Frosting-Green would be great for St. Pat's!

20 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness that is so cool - I am going to pin that! Thanks. sandie

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  2. now i am hungry. is it ever to early for sweets? ( :

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  3. Now this is something out of the ordinary for St. Patrick's day!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  4. I am sooo going to bring this to work!!

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  5. Now, that has to be the most interesting way to use Jello that I've seen, looks good. I really miss popcorn, can't add it back to diet quite yet so have a few handfuls for me please...Jello frosting also is a new one to me...I think I'll stick with your title over the 8 yr. olds..haha.

    Enjoy the weekend! xo

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  6. Another great idea. I like how you always do something fun for each holiday.

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  7. What a cool idea--you could use sugar-free jello to make it a little more light. Looks pretty.
    Ann

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  8. Love the green popcorn. I want to try to make the jiggly cupcakes. So much fun!

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  9. You know me...I love my popcorn and this is another fun one! Happy weekend, Lynn. xo

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  10. Lynn, my grandsons would love this--heck I'd love it! You come up with the best ideas!

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  11. Leprechaun boogers, what a great name!

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  12. Sweet & salty is always a tasty combination for me! Love the color and both names :)

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  13. I think we will make some green popcorn today! Thanks for a great tip.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  14. What fun! Love the color and both names!!!! LOL! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  15. Yeah! Love this idea. My oldest granddaughter is a popcorn nut and loves to color everything - this will be perfect for her. I cannot wait to try it - thank you!

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  16. Leprechaun boogers - LOL! What a vivid imagination :) Colorful and delicious idea.

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  17. Cute! What a fun St. Pat's Day treat.

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  18. Great recipe! This will be perfect for a St Patty's day treat!

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  19. The popcorn and cupcake are wonderful ideas. They look scrumptious.

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  20. Now doesn't that look like a yummy snack!

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